Rob Auler

Piano

Biography

The New York Times commends Robert Auler’s playing for its “extraordinary rhythmic clarity and expression.” American Record Guide cites his “elegant tone and uncanny sense of voicing.” The Charlotte Observer writes that Auler handles “technical and virtuosic concerns with aplomb.” “The performance was truly electrifying—the type of thing that causes hair to stand up and eyes to water.” – Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette
Auler’s playing has also been described as “beautiful” (Fanfare), “superb,” (Ann Arbor News) “stunning” (LaPorte Herald-Argus) “first-rate” (Cincinnati News-Record) and “a knockout.” (Syracuse Post-Standard.)

Auler has won first prize in national and international piano competitions, including the Society of American Musicians and the Stravinsky Awards.  Auler has performed on six continents, including performances throughout the United States, Canada, Argentina, Venezuela, Germany, Austria, Holland, France, Denmark, the Czech Republic, China, South Africa and New Zealand. Notable venues include Carnegie Hall, Teatro Colon, and Shanghai Symphony Hall.

Auler has performed in notable summer music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, the Monadanock Festival, the Michigan City Chamber Music Festival, the Saugatuck Chamber Music Festival, Nantucket Musical Arts Society, and Festival A Tiempo Caracas (Venezuela).

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He has collaborated with composers such as Steve Reich, Aaron Jay Kernis, Carter Pann, and George Tsontakis, and with world-class ensembles such as the Ying Quartet, MIRO Quartet and Sybarite5.

Auler is also the founder and executive director of Laveck Concerts, a recital series that brings world-class classical music to an underserved portion of upstate New York.

Auler records for Albany Records, performs frequently with Society for New Music, and Syracuse Symphoria, and serves as Professor of Piano at the State University of New York (Oswego). He and wife Tara have a 4-year old daughter, Katie, and a 1-year old daughter, Caroline.

Auler is the 2016 winner of SUNY Oswego’s President’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity.[/expand]

Press Materials

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Reviews

“extraordinary rhythmic clarity and expression . . . lovingly rendered by Mr. Auler.”

New York Times

“elegant tone and uncanny sense of voicing.”

American Record Guide

“Auler’s tone is beautiful.”

Fanfare

“the performance is masterful. Auler’s understanding of the music and his expressive and technical skills are all eminently evident throughout.”

Classical Voice North Carolina

“Auler’s dazzling technique enlivens each note of the collection, drawing sounds from the strings that defy listeners’ expectations of the instrument’s capabilities. He is a passionate, yet disciplined, pianist, and the varied tracks on ‘Shards; display his enormous artistic range.”

Syracuse Post-Standard

“He is one of the best pianists and musicians I have heard for quite some time. His technical virtuosity is stunning. He has exquisite control over dynamics and musical nuance. He has plenty of power in his playing, and on the other hand can shape a pianissimo phrase with many timbres.”

La Porte (IN) Herald-Argus

“First-rate pianist Robert Auler…delivered a highly charged opening to Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1. . . . throughout the entire concerto, Auler maintained his intense focus on detail, while never losing sight of the larger dramatic picture.”

Cincinnati News-Record

Rob has incredible technique, a charismatic musical energy, and the ability to learn vast amounts of repertoire in short order. Even in stressful environments, Rob has always been affable, collegial and focused in rehearsals. He knows how to make others feel at ease.

Wesley Baldwin
Wesley Baldwin, DMA
Full Professor of Cello, University of Tennessee Cello, Michigan City Chamber Music Festival

His seminar on effective networking and business skills introduced a wealth of advice on interpersonal ethics and how to create healthy, collegial relationships, many of which I now include in my own professional life.

Brendan Kinsella
Brendan Kinsella, DMA
Associate Professor of Piano, U. of Texas (Rio Grande Valley)

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Video

Beethoven Kreutzer Sonata 3rd. mvt.

Irina Muresanu – violin
Robert Auler – piano

Prokofiev Sonata No. 2, 3rd mvt.

Irina Muresanu – violin
Robert Auler – piano

Jonathan Pieslak: “Prednisomnia” for Piano

Rob Auler, piano

Prokofiev Sonata No. 2, 4th mvt.

Irina Muresanu – violin
Robert Auler – piano

Jonathan Pieslak: “Spiral” for Piano

Rob Auler, piano

Ignaz Pleyel: Sonata in Bb, 1st mvt.

Rob Auler, piano

Chopin: Fantasie in f minor, Op. 49

Rob Auler, piano

Artist in Action

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